KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will host the 17th Sentry Eagle air-to-air combat exercise July 15 to 19, 2020. Additionally, the public is invited to enjoy a wide variety of fighter aircraft, military operations, and static displays during the Open House on Saturday, 18 July and admission is free.Read More
SALEM, Ore. - Today, to address the growing public health threat of the vaping-related illness that has resulted in two deaths in Oregon and over a thousand cases of lung injury nationwide, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 19-09, directing state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as other sources or additives as they are identified in cases of vaping-related lung injury or death.Read More
Klamath County School District’s 2018-19 state assessment testing scores improved in reading and writing (English language arts), and mathematics from the previous year for third-, fifth- and 11th-graders, and its 11th-graders scored well above the state average in both subjects.Read More
Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off.
Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.Read More
Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.Read More
With the warmer, drier weather yesterday, there were several flare-ups during the day and overnight inside of the perimeter of the Ward Fire, where residual hot spots ignited drying grass and brush. Flare-ups such as these are common with the current weather conditions and are a vivid reminder that work on this fire is not yet finished. “We are still dealing with a fire,” said Mitch Williams, Field Night Operations.Read More
Favorable weather conditions helped crews continue to make solid progress yesterday. John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief, summed it up during the briefing as night shift firefighters prepared to go out. “Today we had a good day of work, building off good work last night”.Read More
Over 350 firefighters are now working to further strengthen fire lines on the Ward Fire located 13 miles southwest of Keno, Oregon along the Klamath River Canyon near the Oregon-California border.
The 1301-acre fire was started by lightening last Friday when a severe thunderstorm passed over the area. The fire instantly started growing due to topography and winds.
Containment is now 24%Read More
The Ward Fire has had minimal growth since yesterday due to the moist and cool conditions and effective dozer lines built directly against the burning perimeter on the northern flank of the fire. Last night, firefighters worked to mop up 30 feet in on the fireline in the northwest flank of the fire. Crews also worked to install hose lays along the completed dozer line on the northeast portion.Read More
The Ward Fire started early afternoon August 9th, 2019 when a lightning storm came through the area. The fire instantly started running and spotting, aided by topography and winds. Crews from ODF and BLM along with Green Diamond timber company rapidly responded.Read More
There are many options available for the purchase of legal fireworks in the Klamath Basin. Gone are the days with a stand on every corner - However, there are several booths and stands used as fundraisers for civic organizations, sports teams, clubs, and more.Read More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today raised serious concerns about a new U.S. Forest Service proposal to gut environmental rules for forest management projects at a time when there’s a serious backlog of wildfire prevention work.Read More
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released its draft proposed Wolf Conservation and Management plan for public review. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to vote on the Plan at its June 7 meeting in Salem.Read More
Following the latest series of storms, several major highways are still closed throughout Oregon. Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Pacific Power have been working through the night to clear roadways.Read More
Nearly $3 million will help organizations statewide provide supportive services to help people out of homelessness
[No monies allocated for Klamath or Lake Counties]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $3 million in Continuum of Care grants across the state, providing resources to help house and provide supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.Read More
It was a beautiful blue sky day at Crater Lake, but it was far from business as usual in the park. The junction of Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road inside Crater Lake National Park resembled more like a parking lot at a snow park than that of an entrance to one of the best parks of the National Parks System.Read More
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It’s the time of year when woodstove users check the daily air quality advisory. However, there is a year-round Klamath County Public Health indoor clean air commitment.
The Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) protects all Oregonians from the harms of secondhand smoke. Also known as the Smoke-free Workplace Law, the ICAA creates smoke free public places and places of employment with the intent of protecting the health of employees and the public. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, including in Oregon.Read More
CRATER LAKE, OR – On November 1st, the park will begin charging its winter entrance fee. The fee is $15 per car or motorcycle and $10 per person. It is good for 7 days, and will be collected at the Annie Creek Entrance Station or the backcountry office at park headquarters.Read More
SALEM, Ore.—The parties to the Pacific Salmon Treaty have agreed on new coast-wide salmon fishing agreements under the Treaty. The Pacific Salmon Commission is comprised of representatives from Canada, the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and Northwest and Columbia River Treaty Tribes. Commissioners from the United States and Canada will now forward the agreements to their respective governments for approval.Read More